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Custom mid-century benches from Iron Thread Design are a fun way to liven up a room. If you live in a small space, you can easily move it around when you need extra seating. (Image: Melanie Biehle / Seattle Refined)

Meet Jon Milazzo and Lori Pomeranz of Retrofit Home

Retrofit Home has been around for a while now. Like "I have a different husband and a child since I first visited the shop" kind of while. Jon Milazzo and Lori Pomeranz outgrew their first Capitol Hill home sometime after I bought my first pair of sheets as a newly single lady in my thirties, a lovely turquoise and white paisley set that went well with my very feminine reversible silk bedspread from Restoration Hardware.

Retrofit Home played a role in helping me build a new life for myself, and close to ten years after first walking through their doors it's still one of my favorite Seattle shops for furniture, home goods, quirky cards, and art books. Recently Jon took some time to answer a few questions about the shop and her favorite spots in Seattle.

Tell me a little about Retrofit Home - who you are and how you got started.

Lori and I met as artists working the Fremont Fair more than 20 years ago. We started doing small projects together, and the rest is history.

How would you describe the Retrofit Home style or design aesthetic?


What do you love best about living in Seattle?

You can really become anyone or anything you want here. You have access to a million ways of life. We are living in a charmed city of opportunity. You might start out as a nanny and end up running a multi-national corporation or stay a nanny and be the best ever!

Pretend you have guests visiting from out of town. What three things would you tell them that they had to do or see while they're here?

Walk Pioneer Square, hit the Underground, and learn some of the wild history of this town. It's really interesting. Go to Capitol Hill and find a table outside and drink it all in, and get on a ferry, of course.

Right now Retrofit Home is having a winter floor model sale, and they recently received some custom mid-century benches from Iron Thread Design that they're really excited about. They also have a complimentary in-store design consultation service. If you visit the shop you can bring photos of the room you're working on and the design staff will sit down with you and provide some guidance. If you'd like more specialized help, they also offer in-home appointments for an hourly fee.

Happy designing!